The Department of Architecture is proud of the service of its graduates, faculty, and staff. Throughout its history, these dedicated individuals have shaped the rich history of the Department through their countless contributions and commitment to excellence. This page is intended to honor their legacies.

The memoria are listed by graduation year and then alphabetically. If you know of someone who should be included on this list, please fill out the form here.



John Rohrer
B. Arch 1938

Born March 18, 1944 in Seattle, WA; died on October 24, 2009 in the care and presence of family at his brother’s home in Seattle. John was a graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University, and Trinity University where he received his Masters Degree in Hospital Administration. Upon graduation from Trinity he served his country in Viet Nam. John’s hospital career began in Fresno, CA, and ended in Goldendale, WA with stops between in Pendleton, OR, Nome, AK, Prosser, WA and Superior, MT. He was an accomplished “Fly” Fisherman and an expert “Fly” tyer. He was a member of WFFC. Among his various interests were western and Native American culture. He was caregiver to his parents in their later years of life. Most of all John was a kind, generous and caring man who loved his family and friends. He is survived by his brother, Jim (Karen); and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mary Rohrer. A special thank you to cousins, Michael Hansen and Patti Thomas and their families for being with John at the end of his life.



Wendell Lovett
B. Arch 1947

Wendell Harper Lovett, noted Seattle architect and educator, has passed away at 94 after a long illness. Known for his innovative modern houses designed in the 1950s-1990s, Lovett leaves behind a remarkable legacy distinct from other designers of his generation. While many of his local peers followed the work of Paul Hayden Kirk, who explored the structural and aesthetic possibilities of wood, he took a more individualistic path, synthesizing a vast range of influences from Italy, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as the U.S. More than most, Lovett had an international perspective.

Born April 2, 1922, to Wallace Lovett, a roofing contractor, and Pearl Harper, a homemaker. His father’s work exposed him to construction which he liked from an early age. His mother cultivated his talent at drawing, and fostered his interest in autos, airplanes and the mechanized world. A graduate of Queen Anne High School, Lovett attended the University of Washington before the war, where, from the beginning, he majored in architecture. While at the UW, he worked with Professor Lionel Pries, well-known for his skills at watercolor and drawing, who also encouraged students to study diverse building traditions.
Lovett served in World War II in Germany and returned to the US to finish his UW bachelor’s degree in 1946-1947. Immediately thereafter, he matriculated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn a Master’s in Architecture. After the war, Cambridge, MA, became a center for architectural education in America, as the Bauhaus designers Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer taught at Harvard and the great Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, worked at MIT. Lovett worked for Aalto at MIT, while the latter was finishing his Baker Dormitory there.

Following MIT, Lovett returned to Seattle and distinguished himself in the offices of Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ) and Bassetti and Morse. In the latter, Lovett began to experiment with furniture design, and developed a modern fireplace, the Firehood, that was mass-produced and several innovative sofa, table and chair designs. One of his best-known, the Bikini Chair, was exhibited at the 1954 Triennale di Milano.
He began work as a UW architecture instructor in 1948, retiring as an emeritus in 1984. During this 36-year teaching career, he mentored two generations of young architects. At the same time, he operated a vibrant private practice, designing such remarkably varied works as the Reed House, Bellevue, (1954), Giovanelli House, Mercer Island (1959) and Studebaker House, Mercer Island (1971). Lovett became an early member of the Hilltop Cooperative, a self-governing community housing tract in Bellevue, where he designed his remarkable own house and several others. In later years, the size of his commissions expanded, his design for Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi being one of the most spectacular. Lovett’s work won many professional awards, culminating in his elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and receiving the local chapter’s highest accolade, the Seattle Medal, in 1993.

On September 3, 1947, in Seattle, Lovett married the talented ballerina Eileen Whitson, who died in 2008. She retired from dance to raise their two daughters, Corrie Lovett of Seattle and Clare Lovett of Tacoma. During their more than 60 years of marriage, the Lovetts put down deep roots in Seattle, and also traveled the world, seeing architectural sites on six continents. Special thanks to All About Seniors in Shoreline for the exemplary care for the past two years. Additional thanks to Anne Forestieri and Stuart Steere for their long term care and support.



Herbert J. Bittman
Elaine Patricia Peterson

B.Arch 1949

Elaine is survived by her children, Paula Peterson, Brydie Anderson (George), Tighe Peterson (Beverly) and Barclay Peterson; grandchildren, Lauren, Molly, Spike, Cale, Riley, Aaron and Jessica; her siblings, Donald Sullivan (Joanne), Maureen Richardson and Joan O’Sullivan along with their families.

She was preceded in death in 2003 by T. Gordon Peterson, her loving husband of 54 years, and in 2016 by her son, Michael.

Elaine lived her entire 89 years in the Seattle area. In 1949, she graduated from the UW School of Architecture, where she met her husband and had the distinction of being the only female in her class. When her youngest child started school in 1964, she went to work for the Seattle School District where she retired in 1993 as the Director of Maintenance. Elaine and Gordon enjoyed their retirement years traveling and spending time on Camano Island with their family.

She was loved and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.


Floyd Shoji Shiosaki

BAArch 1949

Floyd Shoji Shiosaki, 89, of Vashon WA, passed away March 19, 2017. He was born in Spokane WA on August 26, 1927, the youngest of five siblings. Floyd graduated from Rogers High School in 1945 and served in the US Army from February 1946 to June 1947. He received a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and was married to Pauline for 65 years.

Floyd is survived by his wife Pauline, three children: Vicki Yamamoto of Los Osos, CA; Neil (Lonnie) of Vashon; and Gregg (Sarah) of Edmonds, six grandchildren: Michael, Tivoli (Alex), Jenna, Gabrielle, Sylvie, and Mykah, and one brother: Fred.



Carl A. Bystrom
B.Arch, 1951

Carl Arnold (Arne) Bystrom, an innovative, influential and imaginative Seattle architect whose designs earned international and national awards, died Aug. 10.

“He passed away very, very peacefully at home,” said his daughter, Ashley Bystrom-McConnaughey, of Whidbey Island. “He turned 90 in June and had a farewell birthday party. He was wearing a lei.”

A widely recognized leader in Northwest modern architecture, Mr. Bystrom was known for his use of post-and-beam structural frameworks and wood detailing.

“The thing that people in Seattle probably aren’t aware of is that he was behind saving Pike Place Market,” Bystrom-McConnaughey said. “He did the Soames-Dunn Building and also was responsible for saving and restoring the Seattle Garden Center building — now Beecher’s (Handmade) Cheese.

“The city was going to tear it down. He and an engineer figured there were so many people, and so much had happened in that building, it’d probably stabilized the dirt by compacting the site.”

Eventually, she said, Mr.  Bystrom sited his office on the third floor of the building, above Sur La Table, “with panoramic window walls looking out over Elliott Bay and the neon Public Market sign. He had one of the most spectacular offices in Seattle for a number of years.”

Sometime around 2000, Mr. Bystrom moved his office to his 1888 Landmarked family home on Capitol Hill, where he’d lived since 1962 with his wife, Valerie Bystrom.

“He never really retired,” Valerie said. “He said, ‘I didn’t retire; the phone just quit ringing.’ ”

Mr. Bystrom grew up in Ballard, the son of a Swedish father and a Norwegian mother, Bystrom-McConnaughey said; his photo hangs on the Wall of Recognition at Ballard High School, where he played football and turned teammates into lifelong friends.

“He’s really a Northwest person,” Valerie Bystrom said.

After a youthful introduction to hiking during a stay at Camp Parsons on the Olympic Peninsula, Mr. Bystrom and his brother signed up for one of REI’s earliest cards: number 828, she said. He also was a skier (and, at 80, raced his granddaughters down a run at Sun Peaks), a sailor and 505 dinghy racer, “a terrific cook,” and a carpenter and woodworker. “He was a man who could do anything with his hands,” she said, “but the things he did with his family were particularly meaningful to him.”

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946, Mr. Bystrom graduated from the University of Washington School of Architecture in 1951 with the American Institute of Architects Medal for Excellence in Design, according to Archives West, and earned more than 30 awards for design excellence, including two National AIA Honor Awards, a Progressive Architecture Design Award and the AIA Seattle gold medal.

In a 2008 NW Living story, Mr. Bystrom recalled that he earned his first international award for the Century Building, designed with James Greco, at the foot of Queen Anne.

“It was from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute,” Valerie Bystrom said. “That building doesn’t have a whole lot of fans, I have to say, but the Prestressed people thought it was terrific — after all, it had all that concrete on it. I remember Arne got a new suit to accept the award — the first suit he bought when we were married.”

Mr. Bystrom also designed the Seward Park Cultural Arts Center and Madrona Dance Studio, and renovated the Green Lake Bathhouse Theatre, according to the Pacific Coast Architecture Database.

He was president of the Seattle Chapter of AIA in 1984; served two terms on the Seattle Planning Commission; was a member of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board and a founding Member of the Pike Place Market Historical Commission; and was elected to the College of Fellows, the highest rank in the AIA.

Said Grant Hildebrand, who co-wrote the book “A Thriving Modernism: The Houses of Wendell Lovett and Arne Bystrom”: “Arne Bystrom was an architect of remarkable ability, and the Sun Valley Residence is one of America’s great houses.”

“The Sun Valley house is probably his most renowned work,” his daughter said, in part for its meticulous woodwork. “Master craftsmen, masons and woodworkers, just because of the detail in the house and the level of construction, came to Idaho for the opportunity to use their crafts on this house. He was actually teaching them how to build some of this amazing stuff.”

Another of Mr. Bystrom’s famous residences, Whidbey Island’s Cliff House (according to Travel & Leisure, one of the 50 Most Romantic Places on Earth), currently is for sale.

Mr. Bystrom is preceded in death by sister Myrtle and brother Albin. Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by sister Eleanor; son Carl Bystrom Jr.; and grandchildren Arne, Tava, Hannah and Haley.

Valerie, his wife of nearly 57 years, was holding his hand as he passed.

“Frankly,” she said, “I didn’t want to let it go, and I didn’t for a long time.”


Howard Fred Overman
B.Arch, 1951

Howard F. Overman died peacefully with family at his side at Virginia Mason Hospital-Seattle after battling complications of prostate cancer. Howie leaves behind his wife of 68 years Nina, son Gregg and wife Leona, daughter Debra and husband Denny, grandson Cameron and wife Robyn, great-granddaughters Peyton and Allison, and step great-grandson Curtis.

Born in Seattle to Fred B. Overman and Donna L. (Garland), Howie spent his life growing up in Seattle and the surrounding area, graduating from Lincoln high school in 1943. Before entering college at the Univ. of WA he enlisted in the Armed Services at Fort Lewis in 1944. He spent his service in Europe with the Army HQ Battery #657th FA BN, returning to Seattle being discharged as a Staff Sergeant in June 1946. He met his wife to be, Nina P Brown, at the Greenwood Ridge Roller Rink and they were married in Sept of 1948. Howie received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the U of W in 1951. In 1966, his

work career took him from marine vessel design and planning at Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock where he had been since 1949, to the Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. where he began work on the Stratocruiser and SST moving through the 707, 727, 737, 747, and 757 airplane programs. He retired from Boeing August 1988 after traveling the world as a Payloads Customer Coordinator.

Howie enjoyed life in many ways; traveling, photographing, researching local history, reading, skiing, hiking, winemaking, rockhounding, woodcarving, and collecting a myriad of things.

Howie leaves his loved ones, family, friends and workmates behind with an incredible collection of memories of time spent with and around him. No one will never look at Mt. Rainier, nor pick up an object of their own interest quite the same way – they’ve pocketed those memories and will keep them dear forever. Thanks Howie –

You will be missed.




Robert Brown
B.Arch 1952

In loving memory of Robert “Bob” Brown who passed away on January 9, 2017. Born in Longview, WA, in December of 1926, he grew up in Coulee City, then graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he met his wife, Ann. They were married for 67 years. He served in the Coast Guard from 1946 to 1949. He then graduated from the University of Washington in 1952 with degrees in architecture and city planning. He completed his career as an architect and planner for the Edmonds School District, retiring in 1988.

As a 50-year member of the Edmonds United Methodist Church he made many friends. He volunteered at the church’s food bank for nearly 30 years, sang in the choir, belonged to several men’s groups and served as a greeter and memorial service planner.

He and Ann had a vacation home on Camano Island and developed many friendships over happy hours and cabin repairs. Bob also enjoyed reading, camping, trains, gardening, the outdoors and traveled over 5 continents with Ann.

The values and life lessons that he modeled over his lifetime will always be a part of us, along with his sense of humor. Bob is greatly missed by his wife Ann and his children Todd (and wife Candy), Robbin (Bob), and Nancy (Mark); his grandchildren Jill (Shelby), David (Claire), Sarah (Kyle), and Derrick (Ellie); and his great grandchildren Amelia, Abigail and Fredrick.

In honor of his life a memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20th, at 2:00 PM at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers Street. In lieu of flowers he had requested donations be made to the Edmonds Food Bank.


Jack Kniskern

B.Arch 1952

Jack died peacefully on December 21, 2017 at the Courtly Adult Family Home in Des Moines, Washington. He was born May 31, 1926, in Medford, Massachusetts to Leslie A. Kniskern and Mary Poyer Kniskern. Jack graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and earned his Master’s in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In August, 1948, he married Ione N. Pugerude, and they moved to Des Moines, Washington in 1949, where he practiced Architecture until his retirement, and lived until his passing.

Jack is survived by his three sons Kip Kniskern, Paul Kniskern (wife Sedonia) and Robert Peak (wife Julie). Surviving grandchildren include Krishan Peak, Jennifer Anders and her husband Paul and their children Molly and Kate. Jack was a lifelong Rotarian and a member of the Des Moines United Methodist Church. He was deeply committed to “community betterment” in the hopes of making the world a better, more peaceful place for all humanity.


Richard Scales

B.Arch 1952

Richard (Dick) Scales was born in Jacksonville, FL. Moved to Seattle in his teens and fell in love with the Northwest. Dick passed away February 28, 2017 at the age of 89 in Issaquah, WA.

Dick, a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Washington, graduated with a degree in architecture, leaving his mark on the Seattle skyline. An avid outdoorsman who loved hiking, fly fishing, duck hunting, sailing, and skiing with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, 3 children, and 7 grandchildren.



Duane Malcolm Penning
B.Arch, 1955

Duane Malcolm Penning, 86, died July 26, 2016 in his sleep after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, George Penning; his mother, Cecilia Penning; and his sister Joyce Gault. He is survived by his longtime partner Phyllis Bartel; his sister, Loris Bricker; his daughter, Bodette Labelle; and his son, Matthew Penning (wife Christie). He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Amy Rants, Deborah Rants, Emma Penning and Grady Penning.

Duane was born in Spokane, Wash. on April 5, 1930. As a teenager in 1947, he and his parents moved to Orcas Island, where he finished high school. In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. Shortly after returning he attended the University of Washington where he studied architecture and construction management. Three years after graduating he started Ferrell-Penning Construction with his partner Dick Ferrell, where he worked for 35 years before retiring. Duane was a long-time member of the Kiwanis (52 years), YMCA (46) , Elks, and the American Legion.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, August 13th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Edmonds Senior Center, 2nd floor Ball Room located at 220 Railroad Avenue. Donations in his memory can be made to the Kiwanis Club of Edmonds, Box 221, Edmonds, WA 98020



John Case Hansen
UW Grad, 1955

John (Jack) Case Hansen passed away on Saturday evening, September 10, 2016 surrounded by his family. Jack was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in the early spring, and while he made a valiant fight, he was not able to win the battle.

Jack was born on May 16, 1936, in Missoula, Montana, the first son of Mary Case and John Rudolph Hansen. He was raised in Seattle, Washington where he attended the University of Washington and received his degree in architecture. He married the love of his life, Loyal Lucille Lindman, in August 1957. Together, they started their life in Seattle where Jack was a successful architect and contractor. In 1989, they moved to Poulsbo, Washington where Jack and his son, John Hansen, started a residential construction company building over thirty homes in Kitsap County and Bainbridge Island. Jack enjoyed living on the water and spent many summers boating in the San Juan Islands and in later years enjoying the waters of Agate Pass. He and Loyal shared their home, the “Beach” with their extended family. It is a special place that has been part of the Hansen family for eighty years.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John Hansen. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Loyal, daughters Karen Brandvold (Benny) and Karla Williams (Dave), and son, John Hansen, as well as his brother, Clarke Hansen (Patti), and sister Marilyn Hoeft (Kent). He had seven grandchildren, including Bryar, Bailey, Joshua, Ali, Andrew, Paige and Barkley. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces.


Jerald Bell

B.Arch, 1960

Jerald “Jerry” Kellie Bell, 91, of Shoreline, WA, died April 11, 2017.

Jerry was born in Evansville, Posey County, IN, on December 21, 1925, to Henry and Valeria Bell. He graduated from FJ Reitz High School in Evansville. He was in the US Army Air Corps, then US Air Force, for 10 years. His assignments included glider bases in TX, recruitment service in Seattle, Fairfield SAC AFB in CA, and 3 years in Tokyo, Japan, doing reconnaissance work, before returning to the Seattle area for discharge.

Jerry moved from Evansville, IN, to Seattle in 1946 and never looked back. He loved the Pacific Northwest and its cool, clear climate.

Jerry was married to Juanita Meyer in Evansville, Fay Marie O’Connor 1951-1960, and to Jo Ann Marie Smith for 44 years from 1968 to 2012.

After the Air Force, Jerry attended the University of Washington, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. He worked as an Architect and Landscape Architect in Seattle for over 60 years, continuing work into his 91st year, and has many projects around the area and some in other states. Jerry was an expert plant and tree person, including hybridizing some Rhododendrons into new varieties, and had a passion for everything related to foliage.

For 34 years, Jerry has been a member of the Puget Sounders Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, a national organization, and for 32 years, published the chapter’s newsletter. He had great passion for this pursuit, restoring and running motors, and often was found helping others with their motors.

Jerry was known for his dry, quick wit, honest input to projects, a consummate gentleman, with a great heart, who would help anyone at the drop of a hat.

Jerry is survived by his daughter, Eileen Simon; son-in-law Steve Simon; grandson, Ian Simon, and his family, Micaela Cadena, granddaughters Aymara Bustos-Cadena, and Salome Simon-Cadena; many beloved nieces and nephews, and friends; and close friend, Rita Boddy.


John Sato
B.Arch, 1960

John passed away peacefully at his home in Bellevue on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with his loving family by his side. He was born on March 6, 1933 in Chehalis, Washington into a family with one brother and four sisters on a small family strawberry farm. His early life was one of struggle both economically and personally as his family was relocated during World War II into the Japanese internment camps. There, at the age of ten, his mother died leaving his father and older sisters and brother to care for the family. After the war ended the family returned to Chehalis and John’s father was determined to keep the family together. Through hard work and the love and support of his family, John was able to emerge from adversity and became one of America’s true success stories.

After graduating from Adna High School in 1951, John attended Centralia Junior College with the assistance of a football scholarship and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1953. Later he was proud to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008 from the school – the 31st recipient of the college’s highest honor.

John served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He then enrolled into the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning and received his degree in 1960. There he met his future wife Reiko. They married in 1962 and had three children. He worked for several firms where he learned the trade and soon opened his own office in Seattle. In 1963 he founded his company – Sato Corporation. The company began as an architectural firm, but evolved into a multifaceted real estate corporation including development, construction and management of real estate.

John has been involved with numerous organizations such as Lions Club, Nisei Veterans Committee, Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Master Builder, Former Trustee Seattle Chamber of Commerce, University of Washington President’s Club and contributes to numerous organizations through the John Y and Reiko E Sato Foundation which he set up and founded.

John had a passion for sports – he loved going to Mariners, Seahawks and Huskies football games. Upon retirement he could always be found at the golf course – either at his home course at Overlake Golf Club or at his winter home of 25 years at the Club at Morningside in Rancho Mirage, California. He cherished his many friendships he formed there. He also enjoyed his fishing adventures in Canada and Alaska and had many stories of the one that got away. His happiest times were the ones he spent with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Reiko, sons Ray (Traci), JJ (Christine) and daughter Caroline (Dave Lilley), grandchildren Matty, Michael, Sarah Lilley, Kevin and Leo Sato. He is also survived by sisters Toshi Tambara (George), Amy Kinoshita (Chuck), Irene Yamasaki (Ray), sister-in-law Janice (Eddie) and loving nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by sister Janie, brother Eddie and brother-in-law George.

Special thanks to the doctors and medical staff at Overlake, Eisenhower and University of Washington Hospitals and to Evergreen Hospice Home Care nurses and staff.



Charles B. Chisom
UW B.Arch. 1963

Chisom went on to receive a M.S. in architecture from Columbia. He received Columbia’s William Kinne Fellows traveling scholarship for study abroad. Chisom returned to Seattle and interned at NBBJ (worked on First Presbyterian Church on First Hill);  then eventually practiced as a partner in the firm of Chisom, Murakami & Brummitt — designing educational buildings.


Lawrence Craig
UW B.Arch, 1968

Larry was born November 27, 1937 in San Pedro CA and died November 4, 2016 in Poulsbo, WA. He grew up in Tacoma WA and attended Stadium High School, remaining close to his classmates and reveling in their yearly reunion picnics and dinners. He joined the Marines and while stationed in Memphis met and married the love of his life, Toby. Together they had two sons, Paul and Joey. After discharge, they returned to the Northwest and Larry attended the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Architecture.

While in college, he and fellow students volunteered their time and talent to design the first building at Camp Brotherhood, an Ecumenical camp in Mt. Vernon. The dormitory is still in use today. After graduation, he and his partner were involved with the historical designation of several buildings in Pioneer Square. Larry designed and built two family homes, one with his sons; the second with them, and his grandson, Joshua.

Larry embraced life with great passion – enjoying everything from Rugby to windsurfing and especially the friendships that came with them. He built his own racing boats contributing to the design and development of the International 14 class sailing dinghy, competing in local, national and world championships for 20 + years.

Larry was a member of the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary, the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce and the Marine Corps League Detachment 531.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Toby, son Joey, grandson Joshua, great-grandson Levi, two sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. He is predeceased by his son Paul, father James, parents Edie & George Bennett, brother Dennis and brother-in-law Sonny.

His Celebration of Life will be held December 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Gateway Fellowship, Hostmark & 8th Avenue NE, Poulsbo. No flowers – donations to your favorite charity.

Larry was a great guy, loving, funny, honest and caring. We shall always miss him and that smile. He said he was looking forward to going to Heaven. Welcome Home Marine! Hurrah!!



Kenneth Coleman

BArch, 1977

Scott Thompson passed away December 12th, 2017 after a long fight with cancer. We remember him as a great mentor and good friend, who cared deeply about the people at Weber Thompson, and made sure that everyone who worked for him had their contributions and worth acknowledged and celebrated before his own. He will be missed.

A Founding Principal at Weber Thompson, Scott Thompson retired at the end of 2015 with over 35 years of architectural and planning experience, specializing in high-density, urban infill and mixed-use buildings. He also worked on commercial structures, planned-unit developments, high-end condominiums, multifamily housing, hospitality projects, health clubs and custom single-family residences during his career.

Scott was Principal in Charge of many of Weber Thompson’s highly sustainable projects including Sunset Electric, Fremont Office Buliding, Ballard West and the multiple award-winning commercial project, The Terry Thomas. The Terry Thomas is a LEED Gold certified building located in South Lake Union that houses Weber Thompson’s LEED Platinum certified offices. The project has received international attention for its design and high- and low-tech sustainable strategies such as passive cooling, interior courtyard and daylighting.

Throughout his career, Scott worked with a range of clients from corporations to first-time developers, whom he guided through the complex design process to create highly successful finished projects. He is a former member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was involved in the ACE mentoring program, working with high-school students who have an interest in architecture and engineering.

In addition to receiving his undergraduate education from the University of Hawaii, Scott also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Washington. He was a licensed architect in the states of Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho and California, and held his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification. Scott was also a member of the Housing Development Consortium, an organization dedicated to affordable housing issues.



Kenneth Coleman

UW BAED 1978

Ken Coleman, age 63, passed away peacefully at his home on September 2, 2016 after an 18 month battle with colon cancer. An architect, artist, construction company owner, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend, Ken leaves behind loved ones, a neighborhood and a city, all better off because of him.

Ken was born August 10, 1953 in Seattle, Washington, middle child to Julian Franklin Coleman (deceased) and Margaret Squillace Coleman. He attended Roosevelt High School (class of 1971) and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in architecture in 1978.

After graduation he moved to California where he began a career in construction, working on projects in Monterey, San Francisco and Irvine. It was while acting as contractor on a Fairmont Hotel in San Jose in 1986 that he met his beloved future wife Sharon, the project architect. Ken liked to brag that their relationship was the first use of “partnering” in construction.

Ken and Sharon were married in 1989 and made their way back to Seattle shortly thereafter, eventually settling in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. An entrepreneur at heart, Ken founded Compass Construction in 1998, specializing in urban, mixed-use projects throughout the city. He sold his company to his business partners at the end of 2014, and planned to spend his retirement focusing on his work as an artist and giving back to the community. But sadly, cancer cut short the fulfillment of those dreams.

Ken thoroughly enjoyed his work as a builder and loved to collaborate on design and detailing to achieve beautiful and comforting spaces. His passion was never more evident than in the design of his home, the neighboring town homes and his last project, the Atrium apartments, all in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood.

Ken felt a strong connection to his community and served on numerous neighborhood boards. He was instrumental in the creation of Mt. Baker Viewpoint Park because he wanted everyone to experience the amazing view of the city that he and Sharon enjoyed from their home.

Ken played as hard as he worked. He made a killer Old Fashioned, claiming that the secret was in muddling brandied cherries and adding a few more to the cocktail before serving. Ken and Sharon traveled extensively and loved to hike, bike and occasionally swing dance together.

Ken will be missed by many friends, family and colleagues, especially his wife, Sharon, who agrees with her family members who once said that she was the luckiest person alive to have found Ken. In addition to his wife, Ken is survived by his daughter, Cathleen Coleman, his mother Margaret Coleman, sister, Chris Bimson, brother, Kevin Coleman and nine nieces and nephews.

Ken’s family thanks the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance whose dedicated and compassionate caregivers provided treatment over the course of his illness.

Ken will be sorely missed but forever in our hearts.

A memorial celebration will be held on Monday October 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Assoc., 4916 S. Angeline St, Seattle, WA 98118, designating Mt. Baker Viewpoint Park as the beneficiary.



Laura Lenss

M.Arch, 2005

Laura Andrea Lenss, age 38, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was born August 5, 1977, to Baiba and Andris Lenss. She received her BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and her Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington. She was an architect for SHKS Architects in Seattle, and became a Principal there in 2015. She was deeply committed to her profession and thoughtful on its effect on the community. She was appointed by the mayor to the Seattle Design Review Board. She treasured her friends from school, work, travel, and her son’s PEPS playgroup and daycare. She had her father’s engineer mind, her mother’s beauty and heart, and her sister’s passion for life and art. Always busy, she had been working on a book on Seattle architecture, as well as an animated film. She drew, painted, built furniture, designed buildings and parks, gardened, danced, wrote, made films, music, was a gifted cook and baker, traveler, had a cunning wit and the deepest loyalty to her family and friends. Above all else, she was the adoring and graceful mother to her sons, and the best friend and wife her husband always dreamed of.

She is survived by her beloved husband of seven years, Matt Orefice; her sunny, funny and smart sons, Henry and Walter; her sister Kristina and brother-in-law Gary; her brother-in-law Andrew and his wife Vanessa; her brother-in-law John and his wife Kathleen; her parents Baiba and Andris; and many dear friends. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Laura’s children’s’ education fund: